Croatia’s Luka Modric wins Men’s Ballon d’Or award 2018

Croatia’s midfielder Luka Modric has won prestigious honor of football, Ballon d’Or. He was rewarded for his key role in Croatia’s historic run to FIFA World Cup final (defeated by France) and his club Real Madrid’s third straight Champions League trophy. With this, c Cristiano Ronaldo remained second in a run of Ballon d’Or race this year. While France’s Antivan Guzman remained third. Modric, who led Croatia to a historic World Cup final this year and was part of the triumphant Real Madrid team in the Champions League, acknowledged other players in the running for the best player apart from Ronaldo and Messi, including French World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

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Key Highlights 

  • Croatia’s midfielder Luca Modrich has won prestigious honor of football, Ballon d’Or. He was rewarded for his key role in Croatia’s historic run to FIFA World Cup final (defeated by France) and his club Real Madrid’s third straight Champions League trophy.
  • He ended the tenure of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for almost decade. Messi and Ronaldo have won this award since 2008.
  • Norway’s Ada Hegerberg (23) wins Women’s Ballon d’Or. It was inaugural edition of Women’s Ballon d’Or. She is three-time Women’s Champions League winner with French side Lyon and scored tournament-record 15 times last season.

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